Number-one best-selling author Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels are: "irresistible" (Houston Chronicle), "stunning" (Booklist), "outrageous" (Publishers Weekly), "brilliantly evocative" (The Denver Post), and "making trouble and winning hearts" (USA Today).
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don't just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don't do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.
Since the hospital staff's lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it's hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie's Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money - or maybe just desperate - Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again - a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid's dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone.... Or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she'll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
©2012 Janet Evanovich (P)2012 Random House Audio
I've listened to all the numbered books in this series now, except for 5 & 6, which Audible doesn't have for some reason. I like them because they make me laugh out loud, which I frequently want to do. I've enjoyed all the books about equally well. None of them struck me as much better or much worse than the others. For this reason, I'm just going to express my general opinion of the series.
Suspension of disbelief is an important part of reading fiction. If fiction precisely imitated real life, what fun would that be? It's fun to imagine all the incidents involving chases, guns, stun guns, Lula, Grandma Mazur, and exploding cars, to name a few. However, Stephanie's "love life" is stretching my suspension to the breaking point.
This girl supposedly has 2 super-hot "chick magnets" fighting over her--sort of. You'd think she must be something pretty special, but as far as I can tell, she's just a major pain in the neck to both of them. I can see Ranger keeping her as an entertainment line item in his budget, but I have no idea why Morelli puts up with her. She's just not worthy!
Morelli loves her. She loves Morelli. They have a long history together. He's good to her. By her own account, Morelli is extremely hot and incredibly awesome in bed. Plus, he wants to marry her. You'd think that would be all that any woman could dream of.
Ranger is "magical" in bed, whatever that means. She knows virtually nothing about him, except that he's never gonna marry her. For this, she continually plays games and jeopardizes her relationship with Morelli.
I don't think any man, either real or fictional, (especially a hot-blooded Italian) would keep up a relationship with Stephanie Plum unless she changes her wicked ways pretty darn soon. She's been lucky so far. I will lose all respect for Morelli if he continues to put up with it. Enough is enough! There will still be plenty of room for adventure and mayhem if she settles down with Morelli.
I hope the next book will put an end to this ridiculous love/sex triangle.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Lorelei King's narration of this series is what makes it all work. Stephanie Plum bond enforcement agent middle name is "trouble." Whatever will go wrong will when Stephanie and Lulu are on the job. This story kept me laughing from bridesmaid dress to car being blown up are vintage Stephanie. I wish Evanovich would have gone into more depth with Grandma Mazur going undercover at the hospital and assisted living facility. The story makes a pleasant break from more serious reading.
It was just the same story, I actually fell asleep while listening to it.
I am not sure, I think I would read the reviews before before buying.
All the characters were boring, even the nude beach part
I've read all the Stephanie Plum books and at this point I don't even expect them to be really good. There are good jokes and funny scenes but the plot never changes. In this book it was obvious what the crime was and who had done it early in the book and then spent the rest of the book feeling that the characters were incredibly dumb for not figuring it out.
However Lorelei King is extremely good at what she does. And at this point these books feel like comfort food. Not exciting and you certainly don't have to use your brains but in a way comforting.
I am on the young side of being older, but nonetheless - wiser.
I always enjoy her books - it's my "light" reading. I, like many, remained conflicted over which boyfriend is better (although it should be obvious), and it never ceases to amaze how many fixes she can get into and out of. Just fun!
paperless office maven
Very enjoyable. Kept my attention. Kept me alert and laughing all the way through. Fun listen.
Ranger's car being blown up.
love to read, but don't have much time for reading for pleasure. That's why I love audible.
I'm still laughing.
Grandma Masur helping with the investigation.
If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, this will not disappoint. It is the same story, but I enjoy a book that just makes me laugh sometimes. Can't wait for number 20!
Plum books are formulaic and are really just a fun way to pass the time. Ranking them against literary works of art would be unfair. As far as guilty pleasure formula books go though, Plum books are my favorite, and 19 is one of the better ones.
There is a slight break from formula in 19. We get a little more insight into Stephanie and there was a brief moment when I thought the author would add a little more depth to the Ranger character.
It's always grandma.
Tiki. He told me to write that.
Among the books in this series, this was a pretty good one.
The hospital and clinic scenes were very well drawn.
She is so good as Stephanie that I'm sure we can't imagine anyone else doing the reading. She captures the flavor of the books and all the characters, including the men. (Ba-a-abe!)
How about Ranger and Morelli?
Yes, it is totally entertaining, a laugh out loud listen!!!
Very good interpretation, the voices very good.
I love the humor, I really enjoy both reading and listening to the books!
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